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Dr Crokes (Kerry) 3-15 Moyle Rovers (Tipp) 0-8

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

An ex­hi­bi­tion of for­ward play gave Dr Crokes the plat­form to get them on the provin­cial road yes­ter­day in Ardfinnan as they proved com­fort­ably too strong for Tip­per­ary cham­pi­ons Moyle Rovers in the Mun­ster quar­ter-fi­nals.

Full-for­ward Kieran O’Leary hit 2-2, the goals both op­por­tunis­tic but well-taken ef­forts fol­low­ing de­fen­sive mis­takes in the first half, while Tony Bros­nan scored 0-7 and Micheál Burns chipped in with three from play.

Moyle Rovers opened brightly enough, at­tack­ing at pace and earn­ing a cou­ple of nice points through Richard Power and Liam Boland. But three cru­cial in­ci­dents pre­vented them from keep­ing in touch with their more fa­mous ri­vals by the in­ter­val.

The first Crokes goal came in the 10th minute when Kieran O’Leary found the net af­ter a de­fen­sive mis­take and O’Leary had an­other green flag in the 28th minute, again ben­e­fit­ting from hes­i­ta­tion in the Rovers de­fence af­ter a long Johnny Buck­ley ball saw him fist to the net, en­sur­ing the Kerry cham­pi­ons led by 2-8 to 0-5 at half-time.

Black card

In the mean­time, Moyle Rover lost in­flu­en­tial cor­ner-for­ward Liam Boland to a black card, pil­ing dif­fi­culty on dif­fi­culty. When they lost Shane Fo­ley to a straight red early in the sec­ond half, it gave them yet an­other prob­lem and Dr Crokes were more than ca­pa­ble of cap­i­tal­is­ing in full.

For­mer Kerry star Colm Cooper en­tered the fray in the 40th minute, set up a cou­ple of scores and scored a point af­ter a jink­ing run, with the is­sue all but de­cided as the game en­tered the last quar­ter

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